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UTEP Soccer Newsletter: September 2012

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Miners Flying High To Start Season

UTEP showed good form during non-conference play, piling up seven wins while dropping only two matches.

The Miners took care of business in their season opener by downing defending Great West Champ Utah Valley, 2-1.

A hard-fought setback at at Utah State. followed, but the Miners responded in a big way.

UTEP won three straight matches and six of the next seven. An impressive at 3-1 win against Texas State the defending Southland Conference Champions started the run.

The Miners then took out the defending Patriot League Champs, Army, 3-2. to win the Border Shootout.

The defense then stepped up, delivering shutouts in three of the next four games. The first victim was Southern Utah, by a 2-0 score.

The Miners also waxed Weber State, 3-0. and then claimed the Border Bash with a 1-0 triumph against Sam Houston State.

The final win of non-league play was perhaps most satisfying, with the Miners winning 2-1 at NM State to claim the Battle of I-10.

Strong Starts Nothing New

For fans of the Miners, the great start to the season should come as no surprise.

The effort out of the gates marks the ninth time during the Coach Cross era that UTEP has opened up with a record of at least 7-2-0. A list of those teams is below, with their record listed being when they had been dealt a second loss on the campaign.

  • 19-2-1, 2005
  • 15-2, 2002
  • 9-2, 2006, 2009 and 2010
  • 9-2-1, 2004
  • 8-2-1, 2011
  • 8-2, 2008
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    Making A Splash In The Region

    Coach Cross has built the Miners into a perennial power in a very tough NCAA Central Region.

    Once again folks are taking notice of UTEP, which was ranked ninth in the most-recent rankings.

    The Miners have now cracked the Central Region rankings for nine straight seasons and 10 times overall under Cross.

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    C-USA Honors For Hall And Dilling

    When there is team success, it is natural for individuals to pick up some recognition. That has been the case already twice this season, with the Miners hauling in accolades from Conference USA.

    After leading UTEP to the Border Shootout Championship, Tess Hall was voted the C-USA Offensive Player of the WeekMore recently UTEP secured a defensive honor, with Sarah Dilling using back-to-back shutouts to land C-USA Defensive Player of the Week

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    Sign Up For Team Days

    UTEP Soccer wants you to sign your team up for one of the only five "Team Days" remaining this year.

    Your team can escort the Miners onto the field

    Your team can then be in our line-up during the national anthem

    Your team can participate in a clinic as part of Mini Miners Sunday FunDays. or even play in half-time game.

    Best of all, your team can get into our game for FREE

    Sound like something you want to do? Then check out the registration form for Team Days.

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    UTEP Garners National Recognition As A School

    UTEP was just ranked among the best universities in the nation by Washington Monthly Magazine.

    The ranking adds to UTEP's reputation for making a big difference in the lives of our students, the El Paso region and our nation.

    Miners In Disneyland

    All teams in college soccer have to travel to play road games.

    What makes UTEP special is that not only does it travel, but it makes sure to make the best of its time on the road.

    The latest example of this was for the Miners' trip to California, highlighted by going to Disneyland. Is there really anything better than that?

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    Cross Talk: Season Two

    The top-rated show on the UTEP Soccer Facebook Page, Cross Talk, is back for a second season

    There were some fun things going on in both the first episode. and then later the second.

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    Join Us On Social Media

    UTEP has been so lucky to get such great fan support throughout the years.

    To make the relationship even better, the Miners are now interacting more than ever with its fans through social media.

    Be sure to join the more than 750 fans to LIKE us on Facebook if you haven't already.

    Also come join the more than 500 fans to FOLLOW us on Twitter if you are not yet doing that.

    We look forward to hearing from you all!

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    Former Miner Wins Bronze Medal At 2012 London Olympic Games

    Only the very best athletes compete at the Olympics. Even fewer win a medal. Count former Miner Kelly Parker in that select group, as she took home a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 London Olympics.

    It was a great moment for both Parker and the program when Canada won the bronze medal match.

    Her path to the Games was a challenge, and you can read about her amazing story on page 72 of the 2012 UTEP Summer magazine or get your own copy of the article by downloading it as a PDF.

    This Is UTEP Soccer

    For those who need a crash course on UTEP soccer, you've come to the right place. The Miners have been embraced by El Paso, and they have rewarded the faithful by turning into a league and regional power. Consider the following accomplishments under head coach Kevin Cross (* denotes prior to start of 2012 season):
    • 136 wins to rate 22nd in the country since 2002*
    • 10 straight winning seasons, all of which had at least 10 victories*
    • Tied for second in C-USA with 96 wins after becoming a member in 2005*
    • Played in three league championship games, including in 2011*
    • Record of 86-14-3 at home since 2002*
    • Outscored the opposition, 303-90, in those home contests*
    • One of 12 teams in the country with more than 500 goals in the past decade
    • Represented on the all-conference team 24 times*
    • 513 goals to rate eighth in the country since 2002*
    • Attracted a Conference-USA best 41,675 fans to its home games since 2005*
    • Led C-USA in attendance four times out of seven since joining it in 2005*
    • Earned 131 academic honors & 186 academic awards in its 16-year history*
    • Won at Texas to advance to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament
    • Been represented at both the FIFA Women's World Cup & Summer Olympics
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    El Paso, Texas, Repeats As Safest Big City In The Nation

    El Paso has been in the top three for safest big cities since 1997. For the second straight year the city, has been ranked as the safest big city in the United States.

    Look at the list of rankings below or check out the complete report compiled by the CQ Press.

    Top 10 Safest Big Cities In The Nation Top 10 Most Dangerous Big Cities In The Nation


    1. Detroit, Mich.
    2. Honolulu, Hawaii. 2. Baltimore, Md.
    3. New York, N.Y. 3. Memphis, Tenn.
    4. San Jose, Calif. 4. Washington, D.C.
    5. San Diego, Calif. 5. Atlanta, Ga.
    6. Austin, Texas 6. Indianapolis, Ind.
    7. Portland, Ore.  7. Philadelphia, Pa. 
    8. Los Angeles, Calif.  8. Milwaukee, Wis.
    9. Seattle, Wash. 9. Houston, Texas
    10. Fort Worth, Texas  10. Columbus, Ohio
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